Blaya and mobile-based U.S. Healthcare


July 11, 2013

Joaquin Blaya

The Global Health Delivery Project (GHD) has provided a virtual community for healthcare experts trying to tackle obstacles in delivering quality care in developing countries since 2007. Now, the initiative run by Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School has launched a U.S. network with the aim of improving care for underserved populations across the country.

Joaquin Blaya, (former MIT research fellow and former MIT Hugh Hampton Young Fellow) who has moderated discussions about healthcare innovation on the GHD network, sees the U.S. Communities Initiative as a good opportunity. Blaya is chief technology officer at eHealth Systems, which recently launched a mobile-based network called MiDoctor aimed at encouraging engagement among patients with chronic diseases by using automated phone calls and text-message reminders about medications and doctors appointments.

He is working to bring the service to the United States, with an initial focus on the Hispanic community. Adopting the system will take some “cultural tweaking,” he said, as well as adjustments to address regulations like privacy rules under the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or HIPAA. Read the full article at Healthbiz Decoded.

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